TECHNICALLY, to the word of the law, bookmakers are not allowed to offer you any kind of bonuses, unless you’re already a member.
But worry not, there’s simple and legal ways around that – you can claim everything bookmakers have to offer if you follow our tips.
The reason behind this legal technicality is the Victorian Government’s push to stop bookmakers from enticing new punters to sign up with certain advertising and promotions – so you’ll always be told that technically, you get nothing for joining.
We’ll show you how to work around this and take advantage of the big deals that are on offer for new members.
Claiming free bets in Victoria
When you see bookmakers offering sign-up deals for new members, much of the time you will see that certain states are excluded from that promotion – Victoria is one of those exclusion states.
So what’s the key to claiming bonuses for signing up, even if you’re excluded from the deal?
That’s right, it’s as simple as contacting your bookmaker via live chat, phone or email and request the specials you have seen offered to new members.
Once you have signed up at a bookmaker, they can reward you with any bonuses they see fit.
If you don’t want to contact the bookmaker, usually all you’ll have to do is wait and their customer service team will get into contact with you, hoping to reward you for your business.
This is why its imperative to give the correct contact details to your bookmaker when you sign-up. They can’t give you anything if they can’t reach you.
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Horse racing and sports betting in Victoria
It’s fair to say that Victoria is the home of sport and racing in Australia.
The state plays host to the biggest thoroughbred racing carnival on the planet – the Melbourne Cup Spring Carnival – and is home to some of the richest and most-prestigious group races on offer around the world.
Some of the major races hosted in Victoria include:
This site provides all of the racing tips you need before taking on the sport.
In addition to its rich racing history, Victoria is also the birthplace of Australia’s national code, the Australian Football League.
Victoria is home to 10 AFL teams – making up more than half of the 18 teams around Australia. Those teams include the Melbourne Demons, Hawthorn Hawks, Collingwood Magpies, St Kilda Saints, Carlton Blues, Richmond Tigers, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Western Bulldogs, Geelong Cats and the Essendon Bombers.
The AFL is played from March to September and the AFL Grand Final is held at Victoria’s Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Victoria also has a presence in the National Rugby League with the successful Melbourne Storm and the international Super Rugby League, with the Melbourne Rebels.
The state has proven to be the biggest market for the growing A-League, with a healthy rivalry between the Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.
The Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades continue to break attendance records for the national Big Bash League cricket T20 competition and Victoria has always been a strong contender in state cricket competitions.
Importantly for cricket fans right around the world – the Boxing Day test – the biggest cricket match in terms of crowd attendance and world-wide interest, is held in Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground every year from December 26th.
Melbourne is home to Australia’s biggest and most-successful casino – The Crown Casino.
Crown Casino attracts tourists from around the world and offers a wide range of shopping, entertainment and restaurants options in addition to the full casino experience with electronic pokie machines and table games like blackjack, roulete and baccarat.
The casino is one of the crowning glories of James Packer’s Crown Resorts empire, which has continued to spread throughout Australia and around the world.
Victorian gambling laws
So, what are the actual laws surrounding gambling in Victoria?
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation is responsible for controlling the Victorian gambling industry.
Wagering is regulated under the Gambling Registration Act of 2003. This legislation decides who is allowed to offer wagering services, what people are allowed to bet on and any other outlines bookies must abide by, like the ban on marketing free bets as an enticement to sign up.
You can visit the official Victorian website here: www.vcglr.vic.gov.au